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Saturday, September 06, 2008  •  13:00 GMT

WILLIAM GOES AHEAD

William Fox-Pitt did not disappoint his fans, moving into the lead after his first cross-country round at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Riding Judith Skinner and Michael Payne’s former Burghley winner Ballincoola with is contesting his sixth consecutive Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, William produced a clear round adding just 2.8 time penalties to his dressage score. “That is a great time for a horse who is a real worker and not a galloper. But he is such a super horse it is a privilege to ride him,” said William who is having his last competitive ride on the horse before he goes to Fergus Payne to contest Young Riders.

Mary King and Apache Sauce, a 12-year-old chestnut with a striking white blaze, are currently in second place – 5.7penalties behind the current leader while James Robinson and Comanche are third.

Under the new FEI ‘one fall and out rule’ former winner Andrew Nicholson had to retire Muschamp Impala after he had an unscheduled ‘dismount’ at Fence 27 The Land Rover Arena – the same fence where he retired Silbury Hill last year and Thursday dressage leader Oliver Townend chose to retire Flint Curtis half way round the course.